Spring Classical Calendar
Everything Happening in Classical Music and Opera This Season
Benaroya Hall unless otherwise noted: 200 University St, 215-4747, seattlesymphony.org
Vivaldi's The Four Seasons (March 8–9): Associate concertmaster Emma McGrath (see the Lineup) leads a program of the insanely well-loved baroque music of the Anglophilic Handel and the Red Priest (Vivaldi's nickname because of his red hair). In addition to spring, summer, and all that, there's wine tasting in the lobby beforehand (6:30 to 7:45 pm, $10 for four pours).
Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 (March 14, 16): Vadim Gluzman, a Ukrainian-born Israeli violinist who turns 30 this year, will perform the Romantic 1866 Bruch. But equally interesting will be the return of rising visiting conductor Michael Francis, who has stepped in for the likes of André Previn and Valery Gergiev. Things kick off with a piece by the seldom-seen composer Michael Tippett: four dances adapted from his 1950s opera The Midsummer Marriage. He was an early openly gay composer and a conscientious objector during World War II (he was a Brit). After the intermission, it's Elgar's Enigma Variations, the suite of portraits based on what the English composer called a "hidden theme" that nobody could hear—and that he never explained.
Enigma Variations (March 17): An interpretive, multimedia exploration of the piece featuring actors and narrator Steve Reeder, followed by the performance itself.
Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 (March 21–23): Beethoven! Mozart! Britten! Big stuff. Heartthrobby 31-year-old Frenchman Gautier Capuçon is the featured cellist in Britten's Cello Symphony; Mozart's overture from Don Giovanni opens the program; Beethoven takes it away. Conducted by the respected German David Afkham, assistant conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade (March 28, 30): Even if you can't hum it off the top of your head, you will probably recognize Scheherazade, the late-19th-century orchestral suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov based on The Arabian Nights. The other two pieces on the program are tantalizingly unfamiliar: the impressionistic The Enchanted Lake by another Russian composer, Anatoly Liadov (who had a reputation as a slacker; Rimsky-Korsakov expelled him from composition class because he cut too often), and Styx, a vividly theatrical piece for viola, mixed choir, and orchestra written in 1999 by the living Georgian composer Giya Kancheli. Featuring the Symphony Chorale, Maxim Rysanov on viola, with Andrey Boreyko conducting.
Scheherazade Untuxed (March 29): The same as the previous concert but without the big Kancheli Styx piece and no intermission.
Thierry Escaich Organ Recital (April 8): The French organist, composer, and improviser, featuring works of his own plus by Vierne, Brahms, Bach, and Dupré.
Gerard Schwarz Conducts Mozart (April 11–13): Do you miss SSO's former maestro? Have you never experienced him before? Here he is, doing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9 with the stalwart American pianist Garrick Ohlsson, and Bruckner's Fourth Symphony, the "Romantic."
Stravinsky, Dvorak & Ravel (April 14): A chamber group of Symphony musicians perform Ravel's String Quartet in F Major, Hindemith's Octet, Dvorak's Terzetto, Op. 74, and Stravinsky's Concertino.
Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (April 18, 20): What a great stomp through the 20th century. The Firebird (1910) is just plain fun; so is Leonard Bernstein's suite from On the Waterfront. George Antheil's A Jazz Symphony is one of the first classical pieces infused with jazz (it was first performed to jeers—perhaps Stravinsky felt a kinship—in the 1920s, so Antheil put out a more conservative version in 1955). But the highlight may turn out to be Rough Music, the 26-minute concerto for percussion (performed by SSO's own Michael A. Werner) written in the 1980s by Viennese showman HK Gruber, who will actually be here to conduct as well. Gruber's great-great-grandfather composed the carol Silent Night. Meanwhile, Gruber is best known for his playful and darkly funny writings, including an opera set in a pigsty and a gothic cantata involving toy instruments and plastic hoses called—but of course—Frankenstein!!
We've Got Rhythm! Family Concert (April 20): We don't usually mention kids' concerts, but this one may be extra-good for all ages, given that it's led by Gruber and features music by Stravinsky and Gruber, and SSO percussionist Michael A. Werner. Designed for ages 6 to 12 and their caregivers.
Hilary Hahn Plays Sibelius (April 25, 27): The last few times the Grammy winner came to town, she played alone; this time, she's finally with the orchestra. The program is Sibelius's Karelia Overture, his Violin Concerto, Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, and, sandwiched between them, the US premiere of a new work by French composer/percussionist Pascal Zavaro. Xian Zhang conducts.
Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 Untuxed (April 26): The same concert, but without Hahn and Zavaro. No intermission.
[Untitled] Series: New Expressions (April 26): The culmination of the inaugural year of SSO's late-night lobby concerts—which have proven to be wildly popular, selling out and jamming people into every nook and cranny of the glorious Benaroya lobby—includes three world premieres by SSO principal musicians. Ben Hausmann presents Oboe Quartet, Jordan Anderson offers Traction for Solo Double Bass, and Seth Krimsky (bassoon) delivers Love Song. Also on the program are Cambodian American composer Chinary Ung's piece from the 1990s, Grand Alap, featuring more than 13 different percussion instruments, amplified cello, and voices; and Anna Clyne's Roulette (2007), for electronically enhanced string quartet (hint: the piece struggles to breathe).
The Young Composers Workshop: A Concert of World Premieres (April 30): What are local teenagers writing for the Seattle Symphony to play? Hear here. Admission is free.
Mozart & Haydn (May 2, 4): You might recognize guest conductor Christian Knapp, since he was associate conductor from 2004 to 2006. He returns for a program featuring Haydn's Mass in B-flat major, Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 1—featuring another blast from Seattle's past, the veteran principal horn player John Cerminaro, who held the post from 1996 to 2011 (after a career that included playing under Bernstein in New York and Previn in LA)—and Haydn's Symphony No. 98. Also featuring the Symphony Chorale.
Oregon Symphony (May 3): Portland singer Storm Large's song 8 Miles Wide goes like this: "My vagina is eight miles wide/Absolutely everyone can come inside/If you're ever frightened, just run and hide/My vagina is eight miles wide." With the visiting Oregon Symphony, she'll sing Weill's Seven Deadly Sins, but who knows what her banter will be. Also on the program is Phenomenon, a work by Thailand's leading young composer, Narong Prangcharoen, Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony, and Ravel's La Valse. Uruguayan-born Oregon Symphony music director Carlos Kalmar conducts.
Beethoven's Fifth (May 5): The interpretive, multimedia presentation on the piece with actors, then a full performance.
Russian Spectacular: Tchaikovsky's Fourth (May 9): Tchaikovsky's Mozartiana suite, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 featuring Vladimir Feltsman, and Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. Gerard Schwarz conducts.
Russian Spectacular: Tchaikovsky's Fifth (May 10): Same lineup of people, different music. Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony, Piano Concerto No. 17, and Tchaikovsky's Fifth.
Russian Spectacular: Shostakovich's Fifth (May 16): The Russkyism continues, led by Schwarz, this time featuring Ignat Solzhenitsyn (piano) and David Gordon (trumpet). Shostakovich's October and Piano Concerto No. 1 followed by the Symphony No. 5.
Russian Spectacular: Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 (May 17): Barely-drinking-age cellist Julian Schwarz will be conducted by his father (!) in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1; also on the program are the composer's Festive Overture and Symphony No. 11. Father's Day comes early for Mr. Schwarz.
Beethoven's Violin Concerto (May 30– June 2): Alina Ibragimova is the 27-year-old British-based, Russian-born violinist who's starring this evening, and she's been accused of being very starry, in fact. She'll perform Beethoven's great big Violin Concerto on a program that also includes Bedrich Smetana's late-19th-century piece based on a Schiller play, Wallenstein's Camp, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 6. Czech-born Jacub Hrusa conducts; in 2011, Gramophone called him one of 10 conductors "on the verge of greatness." It's 2013 now, keep ears up for greatness.
McCaw Hall unless otherwise noted, 321 Mercer St, 389-7676, seattleopera.org
Viva Verdi! (April 6): Giuseppe Verdi was born on October 10, 1813. This concert of young singers and the Seattle Opera Chorus is an early birthday party, featuring music from his opera Nabucco, which hasn't been performed before by Seattle Opera. Meany Hall, 4140 George Washington Lane NE, UW Campus
Our Earth (April 20): Two 30-minute operas in English—Heron and the Salmon Girl and Rushing Upriver—tell stories about a Pacific Northwest river, as part of Seattle Center's Earth Day celebration. Seattle Center
La Voix Humaine & Suor Angelica (May 4, 8, 11, 12, 15, 18): Seattle Opera's main stage season concludes with a double bill (in a production from Teatro Verdi Trieste) of the one-woman show by Poulenc and Puccini's one-act set in a convent. In La Voix Humaine, a woman spends the entire 40 minutes trying to remain connected to a former lover on the telephone. Nuccia Focile, star of La Traviata, Pagliacci, and Iphigénie en Tauride at Seattle Opera, will sing the piece. The all-women evening continues with Suor Angelica's story of a woman forced by her wealthy family to abandon her illegitimate son and join a convent.
Wagner's Birthday (May 22): On May 22, 1813, Richard Wagner was born. Seattle Opera loves Richard Wagner—it was one of the first American opera companies to regularly produce the full Ring cycle. The Ring is happening again this summer (August 4–25, tickets on sale already), but this party is free, and it involves a competition for who issues the best version of Brünnhilde's battle cry ("Hojotoho!") and a sing-along. Seattle Center Armory
University of Washington campus at 15th Ave NE and NE 40th St, 685-2742, meany.org
Khatia Buniatishvili (March 6): A Seattle debut recital by the 25-year-old Georgian pianist. The program is Chopin, Ravel, Schubert/Liszt, and Stravinsky.
Tafelmusik's House of Dreams (March 7): This is cool. It's music, words, and images together: a concert by Toronto's period orchestra Tafelmusik, narrated by an actor and accompanied by video projections. The projections are from actual private rooms across Europe where these pieces of music were originally heard in the 17th and 18th centuries, and where the music of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Marais would have been presided over by paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto, Watteau and the like. Hear the music, feel the environments, gaze at the paintings.
Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra (March 17): A Bainbridge Island teenage violinist named Marianne Martinoli—who in December made her solo debut with Seattle Symphony—is featured on Poéme, Op. 25, by Ernest Chausson, in a concert also featuring the Petite Symphonie Concertante by Swiss composer Frank Martin (written in the 1940s) and Schumann's final symphony, the third.
Talea Ensemble (April 8): A great chance to hear works by UW faculty composers interpreted by the New York new-music group.
Daniil Trifonov (April 9): The 22-year-old Russian pianist (winner of the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions) makes his Seattle debut performing Chopin's 24 Preludes, Rachmaninoff's Variations on a Theme by Chopin, and a piece of his own making called Rachmaniana.
Happy Birthday, Claude, with Craig Sheppard (April 16): Love the French impressionist Claude Debussy? Then come and celebrate his 150th birthday. The local piano luminary performs his 12 Etudes and selected shorter works.
Tokyo String Quartet (April 17): It's a bittersweet occasion. This famed quartet is coming to its end, if you can believe it, at the close of the 2012–2013 season. See them one last time, in a program of Mozart's Quartet in D Major, K. 499, Auerbach's New Quartet, and Ravel's Quartet in F Major.
Music of Today (April 18): New works and modern classics in a concert copresented by the UW School of Music and UW's Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS).
Robin McCabe (April 24): Family affair! Faculty member Robin McCabe spends the first half of the program performing solo works of Chopin and Debussy, and in the second half she's joined by her sister, Rachelle McCabe, for four-handed pieces by Rachmaninoff and others.
Seattle Wind Symphony (May 5): A wind symphony is a neat thing. Rather than strings, it's populated by 50 to 60 wind players and harp, and the sound is quite different than the symphony orchestra you're used to. Several Seattle wind players felt the city needed a high-level group and formed this one, so check it out.
CMSLC (May 7): The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (New York) sends violinists Ani Kavafian and Yura Lee, violist Richard O'Neill, and cellists Nicholas Canellakis and Jakob Koranyi to perform in a concert of music by Barriere, Boccherini, and Schubert.
Jon Kimura Parker (May 8): Parker has been a noted pianist for some years, and the friendly kind. He goes by "Jackie," and he appears on radio and TV. In this concert, he'll present his own transcription of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring along with music by Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff (the jaunty and lovable Prelude in G Minor), and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.
Music of Today (May 9): DXARTS presents improvised experimental music by School of Music faculty members Luke Bergman (bass), Richard Karpen (piano), Juan Pampin (electronics), Ted Poor (drums), and Cuong Vu (trumpet).
Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra (May 19): The concert is called Dreaminess and Introspection. On the program: Brahms's Symphony No. 3 in F and Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat.
Ethnomusicology Artists (May 21): Every year, UW's ethnomusicology program presents a concert of music from around the world. This one features Srivani Jade, a Hindustani singer specializing in the North Indian classical form of Khayal, and Thione Diope, a percussionist from Senegal.
School of Music building, University of Washington campus at 15th Ave NE and NE 40th St, 543-1201, music.washington.edu
Master Class with Dylan Palmer (March 17): A master class is a class in which a master teaches people who want to become masters. You are invited to watch, free of charge. This master is Dylan Palmer, principal bass of the Vancouver (BC) Symphony, and he leads a class with students of UW bass faculty member Barry Lieberman.
1119 Eighth Ave, 652-4255, townhallseattle.org
Seattle Pro Musica's Fleur: Songs of Spring (March 9): If you go to this concert, then spring will come to Seattle. It's the opposite of a rain dance.
Northwest Girlchoir (March 10): Girls of all ages make beautiful noises.
Seattle Baroque Orchestra: Haydn Sonatas and Trios (March 23): What's great about this concert from three of Seattle's leading early-music interpreters (Byron Schenkman, Ingrid Matthews, and Nathan Whittaker) is that it's the debut performance of a newly restored 1799 English fortepiano—the softer, less mighty early version of the piano. Also known as the instrument for which Mozart and Haydn actually composed.
Benjamin Bagby's Beowulf (April 6): Bagby accompanies himself, telling the story of Beowulf in thousand-year-old English, on an Anglo-Saxon harp. Nerd OUT.
2013 Flute Festival Featuring Jim Walker (April 7): Seattle Flute Society's annual all-day, all-building festival culminating in a concert by beloved jazz flutist Walker.
Talea Ensemble Featuring Joshua Roman (April 10): The theme is "play." The musicians are extraordinary and smart. Go.
Thalia Symphony Orchestra (April 13): Featuring music by Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns (concerto for harp featuring Ruth Mar), and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5.
Seattle Baroque Orchestra: Nights at the Opera (April 20): Soprano Ellen Hargis performs Italian baroque opera, including three versions of the Orpheus myth, set by Monteverdi, Rossi, and Sartorio.
Simple Measures: Harmony (April 21): The audience-friendly chamber group Simple Measures (led by Rajan Krishnaswami and this time including pianist Mark Salman and clarinetist Sean Osborn) is joined by Alexander Velinzon, the Seattle Symphony's new concertmaster. They're exploring "harmony through the centuries," including Beethoven's entire Archduke trio. (This concert will also happen at Chapel Performance Space on April 19.)
Lake Union Civic Orchestra (April 26): This is a special occasion: the world premiere of Thomas Pasatieri's Viola Concerto, featuring Jo Nardolillo, a celebrated performer as well as music professor and author (her Dictionary for the Modern String Player is expected out this same month). You'll hear Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony and Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, too.
Sister Communities Presents Renaud Garcia-Fons (May 4): French double bassist/composer Garcia-Fons is known for his customized five-stringed bass and for his "sound that blends double bass, cello, violin, guitar, lute, oud, and more." Whoa. This concert is a fundraiser for Hope Urban Farms for the Homeless.
Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, chapelspace.blogspot.com
Gust Burns and Victor Noriega (March 6): The album release concert for the pianists' new 2 Trios album.
Carver Audain and Rafael Anton Irisarri (March 9): The New York composer/sound artist Audain and Seattle composer Irisarri perform new works for electric guitar, computer, and electronics.
WA Composers Forum Presents Quasar (March 13): Four saxes! The Montreal quartet brings new works by Canadian composers and Seattle composer Donald Stewart.
Rinus van Alebeek and Paris Hurley (March 14): Works for multiple cassette players by the Berlin sound artist van Alebeek and Seattle's Hurley.
Hollow Earth Radio's Magma Festival (March 15): Including Of Magic (with Stranger Genius Award–winner Lori Goldston, Paul Hoskin, Dave Abramson), A White Hunter, and more.
UW Composers Collective (March 16): New works by UW grad students.
Tim Root (March 22): A spotlight on the Seattle composer.
WA Composers Forum Presents Corey Hamm (March 30): The pianist performs works by Canadian composers.
Dana Reason (April 2): The Corvallis, Oregon–based pianist offering her own compositions and improvisations.
Samantha Boshnack (April 5): One of Seattle's most promising young composers is Samantha Boshnack. She leads a quartet in her own compositions.
The Box Is Empty (April 12): Evan Smith performs new music for saxophone, clarinet, and electronics.
John Cage's Indeterminacy and Empty Words (April 13): A great night of Cage. Neal Kosaly-Meyer (voice) and Roger Nelson (piano) perform from Indeterminacy, a piano piece accompanied by the readings of stories selected in random order (involving such subjects as Cage's love of mushrooms), and Empty Words, based on throwings of the I Ching.
The Grace in Letting Go (April 17): An improvising group with vocalist Michele Khazak, drummer Adam Kessler, and percussionist Lalo Bello. Solo bassist Paul Kemmish opens.
WA Composers Forum Presents Denise Fillion and Chris Graham (April 23): The New York percussionists perform works by Stockhausen, Adams, Bruce Hamilton, and Adam Haws.
UW's Improvised Music Fest 2013 (April 25–27): No, we don't know what's going to happen. That's why it's called what it's called, silly.
Seattle Modern Orchestra (April 29): A benefit concert with Boston pianist Stephen Drury.
Swahili and Midday Veil (May 2): Yes to "a psychedelic meditative trance thing."
Seattle Composers' Salon (May 3): The regular casual gathering for new creations.
Keith Eisenbrey (May 4): Seattle pianist/composer.
Seattle Percussion Collective (May 10)
Nonsequitur's Tribute to Lawrence "Butch" Morris (May 11): The American jazz cornetist, composer, and conductor Butch Morris died at the end of January, at the age of 65. He introduced the idea of "conductions," a type of structured improvisation in which he'd direct an improvising ensemble by offering hand and baton gestures—a cross between pure classical and pure jazz. Nonsequitur's tribute features improvised conductions for a large ensemble led by Wayne Horvitz and JA Deane.
Jenny Ziefel and Beverly Setzer (May 17): Performing bass clarinet duos by Seattle composers.
Eric Barber (May 18): Seattle saxophonist.
Lori Goldston (May 24): The fantastic, phantasmagoric, anti-suburbanite 2012 Stranger Genius Award winner in music.
Seattle Modern Orchestra (June 1): A concert of spatial music—music that comes from somewhere in the room, and that way, remakes the room, too. Architectural music, if you like.
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 E Roy St, 800-838-3006, cornish.edu/news/events
The Seattle Chinese Orchestra (March 24): Hear the only traditional Chinese orchestra in the Northwest, featuring Warren Chang on erhu, Roger Nelson conducting, and special guest artists in an "eclectic" program of both traditional and contemporary works from China and the United States.
The Rez Abbasi Trio (March 29): Rez Abbasi is a Pakistani-born, New York–based guitarist trained in jazz, classical, and traditional Indian music. His recently formed guitar trio is an adventure in all three.
Jessika Kenney and Friends (April 7): Extraordinary Seattle vocalist Jessika Kenney calls herself "un/traditional," which is just right. For this concert, she brings together Gamelan Pacifica, Eyvind Kang, and other guests for "a narrative concert inspired by a rereading of the appearance of 'Samsu Tabarit' at the Javanese court." It concerns Shams, that great friend of Rumi, in the process of winning Rumi's heart.
Tom Baker (April 12): New works for dance, film, and interactive live electronics by the composer, also featuring choreographer Corrie Befort, drummer Greg Campbell, and saxophonist Michael Monhart.
Kiran Ahluwalia (April 21): The Indo-Canadian singer who performs her own arrangements of ancient Persian and Punjabi Ghazals, or poems.
Gamelan Pacifica (May 5): The marvelous local Javanese orchestra.
Venues vary, 935-7779, theesoterics.org
SIRENE Reprised: A Modern Answer to the Ancient Call (April 6, 7, 13, 14): This brilliant contemporary music choral group opens its 20th season by reprising a concert of four new works responding to ancient pieces: Voices (2009) by artistic director Eric Banks, Sirens (2009) by Mason Bates, and Privilege (2009) and Ripple (2012) by Ted Hearne.
Blessed Sacrament Church, 5041 Ninth Ave NE, 323-9415, tudorchoir.org
A Lenten Musical Journey Through 16th-Century England (March 9): This remarkable choral group founded by Doug Fullington—interpreters of Renaissance polyphony and early American music—is also celebrating its 20th birthday. The occasion begins with a candlelit concert of contemplative music by composers from England's Tudor era: Robert White, John Sheppard, the great Thomas Tallis, and John Browne, about whom little is known.
Music for the Sistine Chapel (April 27): When, at the behest of Pope Urban VIII, Gregorio Allegri created his choral setting of Psalm 51 (Miserere), which begins "Have mercy on me, O God," it was heard in Sistine Chapel services that began at 3 a.m. Close your eyes and imagine it like that. All the works on this program were created for that space.
Venues vary, 888-356-6040, northwestsinfonietta.org
Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush (March 15–17): This sounds tremendous. It's a screening of Chaplin's great film with his musical score performed live.
Awadagin Pratt (April 19–21): Pratt's played with everyone, from New York Philharmonic to Northwest Sinfonietta. He was one of the first black pianists to rock the competition circuit (back in the 1990s), and this time in Seattle he's performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 in a program that also includes Mozart's Symphony No. 39 and the world premiere of a piece by Sinfonietta founder and director Christophe Chagnard: Embargo, Suite Cabana. This should be well worth the outing; the Sinfonietta—the best orchestra in Seattle that you've never heard of—also specializes in Mozart.
Mayuko Kamio (May 10–12): The Japanese violinist performs Bruch's Concerto No. 1. Also on the program: Kodály's Dances of Galanta and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3.
Christ Episcopal Church, 4548 Brooklyn Ave NE, 633-1611, see salishseafestival.org for additional regional venues for each concert
Broken Consort Quartet (March 16): Renaissance and 17th-century four-voice music for "broken consort," the term for when a group of instruments is brought together from different families (here, wind, string, and plucked). You'll hear instruments common when these pieces were written, between 1500 and 1650: transverse flute, baroque violin and viola, and harpsichord.
The Baroque Trio Sonata (May 7): Trio sonatas by Marais, Telemann, C.P.E. Bach, and Handel, performed by Ingrid Matthews (baroque violin), Susie Napper (viola da gamba), Hans-Juergen Schnoor (harpsichord), and Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute).
350 Kirkland Ave, 425-893-9900, kpcenter.org
Washington Wind Symphony (March 24): The Eastside's wind symphony presents a concert of music "off the beaten path," titled Tangents.
Hauschka (March 29): Dusseldorf-based pianist and composer (and one-name artist) Hauschka performs a concert using prepared piano, delays, and loop station. It promises a cross between Cage, Satie, and Glass, and sounds fantastic.
Sharon Isbin (April 16): Grammy Award–winning classical guitar champ.
Washington Wind Symphony (May 4): The group's season closer.
Benaroya Hall unless otherwise noted, 200 University St, 362-2300, syso.org
The Anniversary Concert (April 28): The players are teenagers or younger, but Seattle's best young orchestra itself is turning 70 years old. Celebrate!
Pictures at an Exhibition (May 19): Presenting Brahms's Tragic Overture, Debussy's La Mer, and everybody's favorite Mussorgsky/Ravel piece, Pictures at an Exhibition.
Holy Rosary Church, 4139 42nd Ave SW, 800-494-8497, cappellaromana.org
Renaissance Easter in Spain and Portugal (April 13): The Resurrection another way—in polyphonic motets by Francisco Guerrero, Duarte Lobo, and Tomás Luis de Victoria, featuring organ performer/scholar Owen Rees.